May 14, 2009

So, I finally tried The Ergo

After almost 4 years of serious babywearing and trying out pretty much every type of carrier there is, I have finally tried the Ergo.

And I like it.


A lot.

I was skeptical. I am not a fan of more structured carriers. I like traditional and freedom and pretty.


Ergo sent me the Organic Blue carrier with embroidery [$135] . And it is pretty.

I thought that I would only be comfortable wearing it on my back. It seemed awkward for the front.


Until I put it on.

So, I will go on record and say that YES. The Ergo is everything fabulous and as good as you've heard and then some.

I find that it is the first thing I reach for when it comes time to wear Ivy. (Which since she's popping through HER EIGHTH TOOTH right now. I wear her often.) I am wearing her in it now, for example.


Here I am nursing her in it at the zoo. (My hubby didn't even know that I was breastfeeding when he took this picture.)

I love that it's organic because she likes to ea
t it chew on it.

I have always been a big fan of mei tai carriers. This is the same concept, only with buckles and more support. With Ivy's girth (she's almost 20 lbs) I find this carrier to be quite comfortable and very easy to wear. Definitely one I do not have to adjust, ever. And very easy for her to nap in. (It's actually pretty much a guaranteed nap once she's in it.)

I find it easy to put her on my front by first buckling the waist part and then the back strap before putting my arms through. Then I just pick her up and pop her in. So, it is not a carrier that you can quickly do one handed. And as for the back, until she can climb onto my back on her own, I prefer having someone's assistance getting her in place. I can do it with the help of the couch or bed on my own, but right now she really likes snuggling up in my front anyway. And I don't mind that at all.

Ergo also sent along the matching front pouch and back pack- these things I thought for sure I'd never use but the pouch is perfect for my camera and I used it the first time I wore the carrier. (And I still use the pouch for my camera case!) And after trying the Ergo for the very first time, I enjoyed all the extra zippers and pouches and was pretty much ready to take off with no need for a stroller or bags. Have baby will travel!


I know this will be a carrier I'll be using until she is too old to be worn (whenever that is!) and would have totally used it when she was a newborn. I
do feel like it is more secure than my other carriers, more so now that she's all monkey-like and tends to lean back and grab at everything in sight.
A huge plus for me is the ease and modesty to breastfeed while on the go and/or in public.

Now, don't misunderstand- I will still use my ring sling and regular mei tai. (And I'm also nurturing a new love for wraps.) But the Ergo truly is now my first choice for long term wear as well as nursing and doing chores around the house (including cooking- while using caution- of course), a very good carrier for every day use, and an excellent option if you have a heavy baby or back issues while babywearing. I'd suggest it for any size Mom or Dad- petite or plus size- and have heard it is great for babywearing while pregnant.

Oh, and also very comfy for both Mom & baby while blogging at a computer.


My many thanks to Ergo.

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61 comments:

  1. you think it would work well while pregs? I've wanted an ergo for awhile and holding Bo in front is already getting tough with my 12 week belly. Was thinking wearing him on my back would work nicely but I dont dig traditional structured back carriers

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  2. Yes- when I was at the Babywearing Conference last year, a gal was pregnant and showed off her Ergo wearing it low under the belly and adjusting the straps. Of course, wear as long as you are comfy in your pregnancy (she said she wore until 8 months or more preggy and again I say use caution!)

    Steph

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  3. What an awesome opportunity!

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  4. So glad you love it! I love mine, too :)

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  5. I won an ERGO during the 5M4M Blog Party and was SO excited to get it and try it out. Unfortunately, I got the hideous (IMHO) Hawaiian print and ERGO told me they wouldn't exchange it since it was donated for a giveaway. I was VERY disappointed! Anyway, now I'm trying to decide whether I want to buy one or just stick with my BabyHawk. Everyone I know who's used an ERGO loved it. Glad you got a chance to try it out.

    One little note - the back carry is not so great for ladies with larger chests. I tried on a friend's one night and my BFF said I looked like I had a unib00b. :-)

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  6. I love my ergo so much. I have the old classic version, and still wear my 35 pound 3 year old in it. I have very little back strain. It's the most comfortable carrier I have by far. I still use my ring sling when I'm just running in for a quick trip to the store but when I'm headed for the zoo or somewhere where my little ones will be worn for any length of time I reach for the ergo.
    The other bonus is that now that I have a 3 month old who rides in a mei tai, because I can't afford two ergos :P, he doesn't mind wearing my 3 year old in the ergo. He'd prefer not to wear a ring sling..being a macho man & all that..but for some reason the ergo's perfectly acceptable. :)

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  7. I love, love, love my ergo. I get remarks like, "Doesn't your back hurt with him in it?" and "Is that comfortable?". I always respond with a resounding "this is the most comfortable carrier EVER!". We too have the older model and while I lust over the new ones, mine works like a charm everytime (and I got to nurse my little guy in it at the zoo too!).

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  8. They do look awesome!! I would love to try out the Ergo (although I love my wrap). I wish they would send me one to review. :) I cannot get the hang of my mei tei. It just doesn't seem to support her. Oh well, we are happy with our wrap I should just leave it at that :)

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  9. I did a little bit of babywearing with my first and second son, but I intend to babywear a ton this time around. I'm due soon and I'd LOVE an Ergo carrier, but they are so pricy!!! Maybe I can find a used one online. Thanks for the review. It's always nice hearing from a mom that's actually used it!!!

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  10. I love my ergo, too. Mine isn't pretty like yours. And it is pretty beat up. But it comes in handy, even when I wear my 34 pound 2 1/2 year old in it.

    See? http://maherfamilygrows.blogspot.com/2009/05/moms-can-do-anything.html

    I would just love another one. Sigh....

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  11. Get ready for a long comment. I am a leetle jealous that you got to try this for free and the accessories! I got one when Kolby, my second was 7 or 8 months old. He was already 25 lbs and loved to be held and carried. I fell in love instantly. It is my go to carrier in most situations with Levi too. And, I got mine right before they came out with any (in my opinion) cool colors. Mine is blue with yellow lining, so not cute.

    I'm glad you got to try and love it!

    I have not mastered nursing in it, I totally need to try that.

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  12. your ergo is much cuter than mine :) i got all black. But Travis uses it mostly. Im so petite its big on me. BUT I do love how supportive it is and easy to use. Since he claimed the ergo tho I would use the Beco butterfly.. and loved that. Its a tad smaller I think.

    I look forward to the day I can wear a baby again

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  13. That's a cute carrier - I'm glad you like it. I bought a Patapum when my son was 11 mos old, and I love it - for the back carry...it's just not comfortable when he's in the front carry - maybe I'm doing something wrong! My son is only 24 lbs, so I wouldn't think he'd be too heavy - should I tighten or loosen the straps? If so, which ones? The ring sling is more comfortable with him in the front or hip than the Patapum in front right now! :)

    Also, one more question. :) I'm 9 weeks pregnant with my 2nd, and already growing...is it bad to wear him in a back carry with the hip belt around my belly? Will it 'squish' the baby or anything??? Just wondering - thanks for any advice you have! :)

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  14. Oh that looks wonderful! I really like the embroidery work on your organic blue - lovely. Thanks for sharing your experiences with it.

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  15. I had to comment, because IO just love my Ergo as well. I was very nervous to put Alyssa on my back. But one night I had to cook. Hubby was gone and she was just fussy (teething)

    I put her on my back, with no help and cooked. Next thing I knew she was asleep, and stayed asleep. I even got to eat!

    All the while, it was comfy, and didnt hurt me at all. I have 3 slings, and find the Ergo the first thing I go to as well. I love the pockets, and if I am only going to one store, I just take the carrier and use the pockets as a mini purse.

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  16. Hi there, I've visited your blog often - truly enjoy reading it :)

    A question: my little girl is now 18mos, and weighs probably 25lbs (give or take) and is probably 32inches (give or take). I went to the ergo website, bt couldn't find if she was too big already for their carriers. Would you happen to know?

    If she is too big - what would you recommend? The ring-type sling isn't working for us anymore - she's too squirmy and I have to keep one hand on her at all times when she's in it. Not very helpful. But I love having her in a carrier and am looking for a toddler-friendly version!

    (ps - I'm pretty petite if that makes a difference - 5'1" 100lbs)

    Thank you so much for your time & help!

    melissa browning
    browningmarquette@gmail.com

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  17. Wow, that's really cute, but I'm not much for the buckle and strap kind of carriers. I really prefer wraps and slings, with that being said, it does look incredibly comfy, and the embroidery is beautiful.

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  18. so cute! i have been looking at the Ergo. Quick question for you...what type of nursing shirt do you wear that makes nursing in a carrier easy and but modest? I have a Mei Tai and a couple ring slings...my lil guy is just 6 weeks old so i am pretty new to babywearing...but love it!

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  19. It is - by far - the number one choice for those adopting internationally. During an adoption trip, you can spend up to seven hours a day for over two weeks wearing your child -- a child that typically weighs anywhere from 15 to 30 pounds.

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  20. love, love, LOVE my Ergo. Only carrier in my stash I would never, ever part with. It's an older organic denim. Best EVAH (for us).

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  21. Hmmm, it's interesting to read this and all the enthusiastic comments. I tried an Ergo at Easter and I have to say I wasn't a huge fan. I used it for a front carry and I found it awkward. Maybe for a back carry, though... I've been lusting after a BabyHawk for doing back carries, but hadn't thought about the Ergo being a more structured version of the same.

    I've just started using my Storchenwiege wrap again and have finally figured out how to get Halia onto my back quickly and easily (thanks to YouTube!) and am really, really loving it. Really, you can't beat the versatility of a wrap!

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  22. I have heard such great things about the Ergo but haven't tried it personally yet. I don't think I have read a bad review yet.

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  23. The Ergo is definitely a good carrier. My daughter loves chewing on the strap. It is very comfortable but I find that the next day my lower back hurts so much. I guess because thats where all the weight goes when carrying her. None the less it is a wonderful carrier.

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  24. It looks awesome! I wish I had the money to buy one. And by the way, totaly impressed that you are nursing there.

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  25. I really like my beco baby --- is it pretty much like that one? I assume you have one of those? I really like that one..it's my favorite. You've got me interested in the ergo now!

    Nell

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  26. i love my ergo. i wish i felt more comfortable using the other carriers, but this is the one that suits me best.

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  27. Oh I have wondered about how good those would be -- great review!
    I hope to try one out someday!

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  28. So I just got my husband to agree to cloth diapers, you think he'd go for me getting *another* carrier too? :) The Ergo looks fabulous, that pic is too sweet!

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  29. I debated a long time about tryng the ergo or the mei tai, and went with the mei tai for the lower cost and it seemed to have greater adjusability. (word?) How VERY cool you got to try one for free!!!

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  30. I will often wear a nursing tank under my regular shirt or wear a low enough tank or tee under my top shirt so that I can stay covered up!

    Steph

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  31. I love the ergo! I used it with my premie and still use it with her at 2 and 30lbs. It is very secure. To the commenter who said her lower back hurts you need to lower the bottom buckle to your hips. then the weight is spread across our hips and you won't hurt.

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  32. I love our Ergo. When my husband works late and I have to try to make dinner with a babe in arms, the Ergo keeps me sane. My four month old just grew into it enough to use it without doing the infant swaddle thing, and I can't say enough wonderful things about it for errand running and just using around the house. My husband just used it for the first time last Saturday when he took our little one out for a few hours so a friend and I could get some serious cleaning and organizing accomplished. He wouldn't touch my Hotsling pouch with a ten foot pole, saying it was too girlie. So the Ergo is perfect for that issue.

    My mom spent a fortune on the Maya Wrap ring sling because I was sucked into the advertising, but it was actually too hard for me to ever figure out how to make work for us (and there was no knowledgeable person around to show me). I had thought the Maya would be my go-to carrier of choice for everyday babywearing, but it is turning out to be the Ergo. (I still wish someone could teach me how to use the Maya, but that may come another day.)

    The one they sent you is so cute.

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  33. I had considered purchasing an Ergo until someone had recommended the Beco Babycarrier. What I love about the Beco is that you can strap the baby in to it and put it on your back w/o assistance. Which, seeing as I'm often on my own with many small little ones, it really helps if I can load a baby on to my back w/o help. AND ... the Beco can still hold my four-year-olds which is a bonus.

    Still. The Ergo has always looked nice (especially now with the new color schemes) and I've heard great things about it. Enjoy!!

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  34. Love Ergo! I have a bad back and after my kids got past about 20 pounds the MT was no longer as supportive for me. I can still carry my almost 4 yo on ocassion though use it mostly for my youngest.

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  35. I love my Ergo as well. Yes, it's comfortable to wear while you are pregnant. (Not so much now at 10 months pregnant) but def. earlier in my pregnancy. The carrier is also a lifesaver for heavy toddlers.

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  36. I'm still a little slow on trying out the Ergo. I'd got every other type of carrier there is. Maybe I will try it out; it helps knowing that someone who values the more traditional carriers like me likes the ergo.

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  37. I love my ERGO, and am looking forward to using it from the newborn stage--on with the new baby. I have the plain old black, but totally love the look of yours!

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  38. Okay - I've read a ton of comments about breastfeeding while babywearing but for the life of me can't figure out how this is supposed to work if baby is vertical (as opposed to in a cradle position). Since Elizabeth doesn't "do" the cradle position in the sling, I just figured we couldn't breastfeed while in the sling.

    You said you are nursing Ivy in your picture, but how? It looks anatomically impossible to me (head too high).

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  39. Ha! Well, without getting too descriptive, Ivy is latched on head-on and "things" can be moved around until we're both comfy!

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  40. Oh I knew you'd love it!!! I love my Ergo, one of my favorite baby carriers!!!

    To Fidget -- yes, it works when you're pregnant. I used it on my back when I was pregnant with my youngest baby. It rocks!

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  41. This looks like a very nice one and very functional.

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  42. Darnit, now I'm drooling over the Ergo. I have a wrap and a mei tai, but sometimes those pretty structured carriers do look tempting. Maybe I'll borrow one from a friend first before splurging (I so wish Ergo would send me a free one!).

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  43. something else to add to my wish list... :)

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  44. I too am a fan of the ring sling but as my son(Aubyn) has grown(almost 2yrs old) he appreciates it less. This past weekend I was able to wear him on my back in the Ergo for over an hour while doing chores around the house. LOVE IT!

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  45. I'm so glad you reviewed this and included the information in the post (and the comments) about preggers babywearing with it. One of my biggest concerns has been that I wouldn't be able to find a carrier that would be comfortable to wear in future pregnancies. I'll definitely be checking out the website and keeping this one in mind!

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  46. We loved our Ergo for quite some time, too. The only reason we traded it for a Pikkolo is because the body is taller and it can be used very securely with a newborn ... since that's in our near future, and my husband loves his SSCs!
    Wonderful post and review, though. The Ergo is so wonderful, and it turns so many people onto babywearing because it trumphs the Baby Bjorn or Snuggli any day!

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  47. I'm with Fawn in the minority waaaaaaay up there...

    not a fan. I was so sad I didn't like it (glad that I found out before I spent all the money!)

    I tried it with our first in a front carry - he hated being worn, so I attributed it to that...

    #2, tried it on my back...he liked it...I couldn't stand it - front or back..pulled everywhere.

    So funny how some things work for some people and not others!

    However, that sweet precious girl - too adorable!!!! :)

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  48. It's gorgeous. I love the embroidery on it!

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  49. In November I suddenly became a single mamma and had to move in with my sister for a bit. Which means I had an hour commute on the subway. The Ergo saved my life! Strollers are so difficult on trains and buses! I was able to carry Avery in the Ergo, his diaper bag AND my work bag moderately comfortably. Now that I no longer live in the city, I wear him in the Ergo for long walks and gardening. I love it!

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  50. my profile pic is actually of me gardening with Avery in the Ergo on my back. I'd forgotten that.

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  51. I looooooooooooooooooove my Ergo. LOVE IT. LOOOOVE IT.

    It is the first baby carrier that gives me ZERO shoulder strain even after using it for a long time. I'm liking the Moby Wrap too, but even with that one I start to ache after an hour or so. I've carried Clara in the Ergo for hours and hours and have had zero pain. love it.

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  52. I had the same misconceptions about trying the Ergo - too many buckles and stuff! I wanted to stay "pure" and keep it to pouches, wraps, and slings. But then I gave in and got one - my babies get big fast, and my favorite Moby Wrap couldn't support them past 6 months or so. I was so surprised at how much I loved the Ergo! And it's the only carrier my husband will wear. In my opinion, it should replace the baby bjorn, which is quite terrible for baby and mama's (or papa's) back. Babies R Us, are you listening?

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  53. I lev my ergo too! i own/operate an apple orchard and my 6 month old spent a lot of time in the ergo...I could even carry 40 lb bushels of apples with Capri in front...very comfortable. Also, it was great for the babysitter...she felt much more comfortable with the easiness of the snaps instead of having to tie everything!

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  54. I loved my Ergo. I used it until my little one was three and he just got to heavy. He was very attached and I used it a lot as a backpack when I needed to clean.
    We used the front carry when shopping and whatnot though. He liked it all ways though. Even the side carry option while a bit tricky to master was very comfortable.
    I lent my Ergo to a friend and even though I have no use for it anymore, I still want it back. That's how much I loved it.
    Glad you tried it and liked it. It's a good one.

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  55. I have heard great things about these!

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  56. for us tall people they just came out with the ergo sport! i am excited about it because it is a very inches longer in the torso so it will fit me and hubby much better. :)

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  57. I've just started using my Baby Hawk because it is the only one I have for back carry and I actually LOVE it. I like it more than my sling. But, my fave for little ones is still the rockin baby because I don't have to adjust it. Ring slings slide on me.

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  58. oooh, what a pretty ergo :) i love my mei tais and wraps, but i must say that now, 2 years later, i still carry harper in our structured carrier (a beco) pretty frequently. it was a very good investment indeed!

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  59. I've never tried the Ergo but I do have the very similar Beco. In my opinion, the Beco's have WAY better fabric options. So pretty. The only drawback is that my babyhawk has a pocket, but not so much on the Beco. I'd love a pocket to slip my phone into and an extra diaper!

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  60. I'm not surprised by the positive review. I have heard that the Ergo is the best of the best!

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  61. I bought an Ergo just over a month ago and am in total LOVE with it. I wore my sweet girl in it almost the whole time we were in teh hospital this past weekend and my body can't tell. It was worth every penny.

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